Thursday, 25 March 2010

Ooooh I haven't posted for a wee while! Mostly because I haven't had anything to post about, but here is my own recipe for a pie I'm sure tasted yummy, because it all got eaten before I got any :(

As it's my own recipe, measurements are really just down to judgement/preference. This recipe makes a pie that fits a standard-looking pie dish (28cm ish?)

Ham and Mushroom Pie
3 handfuls gammon/ham, cooked and diced (cured/smoked gammon gives more flavour)
10 medium sized mushrooms
couple of handfuls of peas
2-3 diced carrots
1 large/2 small onions, diced
knob of butter
1 tbsp plain flour
200-300ml milk
bay leaf
Worcestershire sauce

150g cold butter, cubed
300g plain flour

Sweat onions and carrots in a bit of oil or butter until soft. Add ham, mushrooms and peas and heat through. Melt knob of butter in a large saucepan and stir in tbsp flour to make a roux, then add milk slowly and stir until there are no lumps. Pop in the bay leaf, grated nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning and bring to the boil to thicken (i.e. bechamel sauce). Stir in the ham and mushroom mixture and make sure everything is cooked. Add more cornflour (dissolved in a bit of water) if it's not thick enough. Transfer to pie dish and cool.

To make the pastry, put the butter and flour int a food processor. Whizz until breadcrumb-like txture is acheived then add water slowly until mixture comes together. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for min. 20 mins.

Preheat the oven to Gas 6-7ish, roll out the pastry and whack it on top of the pie. Then do pretty things with the pastry and give it an egg wash. I think it took about 40 mins in the oven, and it's a good idea to put the pie dish on a baking tray to catch any leaks!

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